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COVID-19 Updates from International Student Services
International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

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Coverage - policy no. 95258

Before reviewing the information below, please see ISS' COVID-19 FAQs and resources pages for up to date information on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration related matters.




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Contract year is defined as each McGill University academic year period from September 1 to August 31 of the following year, except for Exchange students. Your coverage becomes effective:

  • August 15, for the semester starting September 1 or
  • December 15, for the semester starting January 1 or
  • April 15 for the semester starting May 1

You are provided with two complimentary weeks to keep you covered while you settle in prior to the start of your studies.

Types of coverage

Types of Coverage Who's Covered  
Single Coverage Only you (student)  
Dependent Coverage  You and your spouse* OR you and your dependent** child

*Spouse - the person, of opposite sex, or same sex, who is:

  • legally married to you or
  • Designated by you and with whom you have been living on a permanent basis for at least one year (this period does not apply if a child is born of such union).
    At any given time, only one person may be insured as your spouse.

**Dependent Child(ren) unmarried financially dependent child(ren), until they reach age 18.

Family Coverage You, your spouse and at least one dependent child OR you and more than one dependent child

To activate your coverage, you must confirm your health insurance contract on Minerva, under International Student Health Insurance Coverage Form.

Get detailed information about your International Health Insurance coverage in the Medavie Blue Cross Handbook.

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